Taoiseach to meet Ballymurphy families today
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the decision by the Taoiseach to meet with the families of the Ballymurphy Massacre.
The families will be in Dublin this morning and will be accompanied by Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey, SDLP MLA Alex Attwood and Alliance Party MLA Trevor Lunn.
Gerry Adams will meet the delegation after lunch and before their planned meeting with the Taoiseach at Government buildings at 2.30pm.
The Ballymurphy Massacre saw 11 local people, including the mother of eight children and a local priest shot and killed by the British Parachute regiment in the immediate aftermath of the introduction of internment on August 9 1971.
Speaking this morning in advance of the meeting the Sinn Féin leader commended the “dedication and commitment of the families who have worked tirelessly over many years to get to the truth of the deaths of their loved ones.”
He said: “I urge the Taoiseach to endorse the families call for a new initiative which seeks the appointment of an Independent Panel to examine all of the documents relating to the context, circumstances and aftermath of the deaths of their loved ones.
“The Panel would investigate the role of the British Government, British Army, and criminal justice agencies such as the RUC, DPP, the Coroner’s Office and the significance of the media; secure the public disclosure of all of the available documents and publish a detailed, comprehensive report.”